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Cassia County Continues Battling Graffiti

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By Aimee Burnett and Jay Michaels

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Vandalism is a growing problem in Cassia County. Sheriff's deputies are cracking down on graffiti in the hopes of getting it under control.

If kids get caught decorating a wall with their personal artwork, they could be facing serious punishment.

Since Sheriff Jay Heward took office earlier this year, he's had more deputies patrolling neighborhoods. As a result, they've noticed graffiti popping up on buildings and fences, sometimes overnight. Now deputies are doing what they can to clean up the problem.

Heward says, "To just cut down on the eyesore for the citizens and the people in the city, people driving through and visitors. That we get the graffiti covered up just as quick as we can, within a day or so, or at least within the week."

Programs like 'Wild Kids' is just one method they're using. It's a court program for kids who do community service, like painting over graffiti. Students working on senior projects have also lent a helping hand. Bob Despain used to work for the city, and one of his duties was painting over graffiti.

Despain says, "I don't know if people are watching the kids and knowing what they're doing. But I guess if they don't have anything better to do than paint up the walls, that seems pretty sad to me."

Kids caught vandalizing will face a fine, detention time, and probation. And if what they're convicted of furthers their gang, a gang enhancement penalty could be added.

If you live in Cassia County, you can report graffiti by calling the sheriff's office at 878-2251.

July 30, 2013.


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